Conversations With Characters. SO bossy.

A glimpse into a latest conversation with my new single dad character. They love to show up unannounced–and boss me around.

Him: The last nanny was a disaster so can you get this one right, please?
Me: Nanny? Who’s writing a nanny story?
Him: You, of course. <<rolls his eyes>>
Me: Let me get right on that, Mr. Grumpy. 
Him: Thank you. I have work to do. <<waves his hand and turns away>>
Me: Um, excuse me. What shall the super nanny call you?
Him: I haven’t decided.
Me: What are your kids like? And, um, how many?
Him: I haven’t decided.
Me: What do you need in a nanny?
Him: I haven’t decided.
Me: How about a personal chef instead?
Him: I’ll take both.
Me: Of course you will. Don’t tell me. This a ménage, isn’t it?
Him: Absolutely not.
Me: Are you suuuure? Because once I’m in this thing, if you change your mind the answer will be “no.”
Him: <<arches eyebrow>> You remember the last time you said “no” to a character?
Me: <<gasps, remembers when every character who went silent.>> Okay, Let me know when you decide, sir.
Him:  That. She can call me that.
Me: <<Keeping my mouth shut. For now.>>

Wine grapes were sacrificed. The angels sang. And a new book was plotted.

Hello reader friends! I need your help!! Oh, wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. How have you been? The summer (or winter if you’re down under) treating you well?

My summer has included my sister visiting from Germany for the U.S. July 4 holiday. Since we haven’t seen each other in two years, we had a lot to catch up on. Because all great reunions need refreshments, we contributed muchly to the Virginia wine industry profits by consuming, oh, I dunno, a case of wine? (In all fairness, we had help from others.) But now I’m detoxing and back to writing

In the midst of the wine pandemonium, a new book was plotted! It’s the story of a single dad. Since I only have a furry child, can you help an author out? This girl needs some great parenting hacks — the most innovative parenting hacks you’ve come across.

Got an old-world cough remedy? Know a way to put a baby to sleep right away? Have a unique idea on how to handle something? 

If I use your tip in the story, I’ll be sure to thank you in the acknowledgements!

 

Conversations with Characters

So, this happened yesterday… I wasn’t even writing this story when a heroine popped up from the recesses of my mind. If anyone could see inside my head they might run for the hills.

Heroine: Squee, the new Jimmy Choo sandals are out.
Me: You’re a veterinarian not a supermodel.
Heroine:
Me: Hello?
Heroine:
Me: Heeeellllooo?
Heroine:
Me: Okay. You can have the Jimmy Choos.
Heroine: And the Sophia Webster’s because I’m really a secret fashion critic on the side. With a surgeon boyfriend who has a yacht.
Me: You’ll fall off the deck in the ones you’re eyeing.
Heroine: Plot bunny!
Me: <<Blinks>>
Heroine: <<deep sigh>> Does no one have vision anymore? He’ll jump off the boat to rescue me. Wait. Two men will jump in and fight over who gets to rescue me. But I’ll save myself. The one who brings my Jimmy Choo back to me—
Me: Like Cinderella.
Heroine: Yep, but they only get me after 150 pages or so. I want them to fight hard.
Me: They?
Heroine: It’s a ménage. No. A reverse harem. And, the captain of the ship wants me, too.
Me: <<bangs head on desk>>

Tough Love!

Happy almost spring! We’re counting down the days to warmer weather over here — and new book releases!

First, I want to thank you for being here. If the pandemic taught me anything it’s how important it is to stick close to humanity (and fur-manity, like Callum) — even if some of that “manity” is in the form of book boyfriends. Books, along with The Great British Baking Show, kept me sane these last few months. 

Speaking of which, check out my next upcoming release, Tough Love. Carragh might be my swooniest hero yet. A little bit about the story (and him) below.

The next Shakedown book — the end of the trilogy — is nigh, my friends! I really “let it fly” with this book. Carragh made me do it. 

Pre-order  today
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Releases June 1, 2021 

Carragh has waited years for the perfect moment to overthrow his father. Take the crown, the throne and the fortune due him as the eldest son of the MacKenna empire.

Then redheaded burlesque dancer Luna Belle sashayed into his view and refused to leave his dreams. Fine. He’ll take her, too.

No matter her refusals.

No matter her futile protests.

No matter her denial of the red-hot heat between them.

He will have her.

After all, a King needs his Queen.

Luna Belle has plans. They do not involve an underworld life. They do not involve being a slave to an untenable, consuming passion for one Irish kingpin.

She’s not about to let someone like him ruin her and her sister’s lives. She can live the rest of her life knowing she’ll never want a man as much as she wants Carragh.

She can resist him.

She has to.

If she doesn’t, people will die.

Those Bossy Characters…

So… I started a new story. And, this time, I was going to ease my heroine into the sexy shenanigans reeallly slowly. I put my fingers to the keyboard, and here is how it went.

Hero: Sit down.
Me: But…I am. I just got here.
Hero. Shhh. I’ll tell you what to write.
Me: Okay, but the heroine is a little fragile.
Hero: She’s fine. <<turns to heroine who is whimpering a bit>> She likes how that stings, don’t you baby?
Me: But we were going to start her out slow.
Hero: That was slow. <<points to all the other instruments>>
Me: Ooo-kay. This second sentence should be–
Hero: Am I going to have to gag you, too?
Me: <<Sigh>>